California Republican Congressman Darrell Issa is projected to retain his seat in the U.S. House according to the Associated Press.
Issa narrowly edged out Democrat Doug Applegate in a race that had been too close to call until Monday afternoon, at which point it appeared that the lead the incumbent had built was insurmountable. Issa led by 2,348 votes as of Monday morning, which is less than 1% of the overall vote.
San Diego County spokesman Michael Workman said on Monday that there are an estimated 1,000 ballots left to count in the race for the subject district, California’s 49th, making it all but impossible for Applegate, a trial lawyer and former Marine colonel to make up the difference.
By winning his 9th term, the former House Oversight Committee chairman gives Republicans a 45 seat majority in the house with two Louisiana seats still unclaimed. That state will hold a December 10 runoff election to name representatives of its 3rd and 4th Congressional Districts.
Issa has been one of the chief opponents of President Obama. As chair of the House Oversight Committee, he launched investigations into the 2012 Benghazi attack, Libya, the IRS’s alleged targeting of conservative groups and the flawed launch of healthcare.gov, among others.
Ironically, during the campaign season, he sent out mailers pitching himself as a bipartisan lawmaker and one who had worked hand in hand with Obama to pass legislation, something that Obama famously mocked during a congressional fundraiser where Applegate was present, saying “now that’s the definition of chutzpah,” referring to the Issa mailer.